Episode 128


Whosoever listens to this episode, if they be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.

It's Phase 1 of the MCU. We've just had Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man 2 - all very grounded and Midgard-based. It was the perfect time, therefore to not only introduce a cosmic location, but a character steeped in rich Norse mythology. In 2011, we got Thor, aka Doth Mother Know You Weareth Her Drapes In Space.

This movie introduced the masses to the titular God of Thunder (or is it God of Hammers?), as Chris Hemsworth proved he could do more than play Captain Kirk's father, and gave the unworthy, spoiled crown prince of Asgard eventual humour and humility, in this very traditional fish-out-of-water tale of a god, literally amongst men, transported to small town Puerto Antiguo, New Mexico where he meets physicist Jane Foster, as well as a recognisable Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

An adaptation of Thor had been in the works since 1991, with Sam Raimi keen to take on the Asgardian God. This movie was rejected by 20th Century Fox, but had it been greenlit, the superhero movie landscape would look very different today....

I would love to hear your thoughts on Thor!



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About the Podcast

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Verbal Diorama
The podcast on the history and legacy of movies you know, and movies you don't.

About your host

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Em .

Hi! I'm Em. I created Verbal Diorama in 2018, and launched the podcast in February 2019 to rapturous applause and acclaim.... from my cat Jess.

The modus operandi of Verbal Diorama is simple: movies are tough to make! The coming together of a team of people from all walks of life to make something to entertain, delight and educate us for 90+ mins is not an easy task, and yet so many succeed at it. That must be something to celebrate.

I'm here to do just that - to celebrate movies. Their history and legacy, and why they remain so special to so many of us.

I mostly host solo, but often you'll hear my cat Jess in the background (she's 17 years old, and very loud!).

I love podcasts and listen to many, but never my own.

I unashamedly love The Mummy (1999) and Grease 2. I'm still looking for a cool rider.